Posted on December 10, 2015

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) hosted the “International Symposium on Joining Technologies and Materials Science” on December 7, aimed at bringing together researchers, experts and stakeholders to develop and promote research in the field of joining technologies and materials science.

The event was organized in conjunction with QU Center of Advanced Materials (QU-CAM) and the Joining and Welding Research Institute at Osaka University (OU), and supported by Chiyoda Almana Engineering LLC. CENG associate dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies Prof Abdel Magid Hamouda (pictured right) was joined by Ambassador of Japan to Qatar H.E. Shingo Tsuda (pictured left), CAM director Prof Mariam Al Maadeed, Chiyoda Almana Engineering LLC Managing Director Mr Shizuka Ikawa, and CENG associate dean for Development and Industrial Relations Dr Saud Ghani, as well as embassy officials, and CENG faculty and students.

The event featured a number of presentations delivered by representatives from QU, OU, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Texas A&M University at Qatar, King Saud University and Istanbul Technical University. They addressed a wide range of topics focused on “Progress towards energy and water security grand challenge goals at QEERI”, “Osaka University: No.1 innovative university in Japan”, “Development of a corrosion free pipeline”, “A decomposition method for surrogate models of large scale structures”, “Corrosion Atlas for different metals and Alloys in Qatar; an example of CAM’s research”, and many more.

Commenting on the symposium, Prof Hamouda said: “It comes in line with the College’s commitment to provide a platform for researchers, experts and stakeholders to share findings and information about the joining technologies and materials science, and advance dialogue on current research being conducted in this area. It also highlights QU’s pivotal role as a driving force for innovation in research, science and technology in Qatar and the region.”

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H.E. Tsuda said: “I am honored to be here today to witness another collaboration between Qatar University and Osaka University. The relationship between Japan and Qatar has been developing steadily, mainly based on trade and energy field. Now, we are aiming to diversify into such fields as culture, education, health, science and technology. I see a potential in “Joining Technologies and Materials Science” as advanced technologies need to fulfill the demand of industries in Qatar and the region.”

Ambassador Tsuda drew reference to the Inter-University Exchange Agreement signed between QU and OU in February this year at the time of the visit of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Japan. “Today’s seminar is one of the areas of implementation of this agreement,” he added. Prof Al Maadeed said: “We are pleased to be a partner in this event, which showcases the Center’s mission to enhance and support interdisciplinary research on materials science and engineering through applied research projects, and provide knowledge and experience to fulfill the needs of industry and society.”

Mr Ikawa said: “Our participation at this symposium comes as a result of our well-established relationship with Osaka University and Qatar University. We believe in the essential contribution of the business sector to support academic institutions and educational programs. Qatar is making every effort to develop the fields of research, science and technology and we will follow its direction by providing all possible support to universities and research institutions.”